Canada’s National Urban Parks Program
Parks Canada is collaborating with local partners, including First Nation and Métis leaders and organizations, to create a network of national urban parks in Canada’s large urban centers. Together, these parks will create a network with a shared vision to conserve nature, connect Canadians with nature and advance reconciliation with First Nation and Métis Peoples.
The network of national urban parks will involve unique places across Canada, each with their own governance model. Each national urban park’s approach to governance will be determined by local circumstances, and in collaboration with partners. At this point, Parks Canada anticipates that any national urban park in the Saskatoon region would be governed under some version or evolution of the existing model used by the Meewasin Valley Authority.
Parks Canada is committed to a collaborative approach and will not expropriate any land to create national urban parks. Private lands would only ever be purchased on a willing seller-willing buyer basis.
Parks Canada is pleased to be working with, and learning from, partners from across the Saskatoon region!
A national urban park in the Saskatoon region will help us...
In 1979, the Government of Saskatchewan passed the Meewasin Valley Authority Act, to conserve the cultural and natural resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley. We have spent over four decades stewarding the land in the Meewasin Valley which resides on Treaty Six Territory and homeland of the Métis.
Today, the Meewasin Valley runs approximately 75 km along the river valley, through the City of Saskatoon and across the Rural Municipality of Corman Park.
The Meewasin Valley runs through 60 percent rural lands and 40 percent urban. There are more than 67 square kilometres (the equivalent of 13,400 football fields) in the conservation zone made up of different landscapes:
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The Meewasin Valley Authority
Meewasin is a non-profit organization that exists to ensure a healthy and vibrant river valley, with a balance between human use and conservation, for the benefit of present and future generations, in Saskatoon & area.
Created in 1979 by an Act of the Government of Saskatchewan, The Meewasin Valley Authority Act, Meewasin is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the cultural and natural resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley.
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